Tony Sparano on board with starting Mark Sanchez

Tony Sparano and Mark Sanchez confer during a Tony Sparano and Mark Sanchez confer during a game against the Dolphins. (Oct. 28, 2012) Photo Credit: David Pokress

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Tony Sparano is no stranger to delivering bad news. And on Sunday, it was he -- not coach Rex Ryan -- who informed Mark Sanchez that he was being benched.

"Listen, I've had to cut 100 players, I've had to fire coaches. I've had to make those kind of decisions," Sparano said Thursday. "In every one of those instances, it isn't just, 'Hey, buddy, you're gone. See ya.' It's a sensitive thing."

Sparano, who was a part of the two-day discussions regarding the team's starting quarterback for Sunday's game in Jacksonville, said he supports the decision to stick with Sanchez.

"He understands the magnitude of what happened,'' Sparano said. "All that being said, has he approached practice differently? No, he's approached practice as a professional every single day that he's been in this building. I say that in all honesty."

Asked about his performance as a coordinator, he said: "That's not for me to assess.'' He did, however, call the offense "inconsistent.''


Senate has QB issues

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) drew comparisons between the Republican Party's perceived lack of leadership in the face of an impending recession to Ryan's initial quarterback indecision. Reid said Thursday of Ryan: "He can't decide who their quarterback is going to be. That's the same problem the Republicans have."


Jet streams

The Jets signed rookie S Antonio Allen from the practice squad to the active roster and signed CB Donnie Fletcher to the practice squad . . . TE Dustin Keller (ankle) did not practice for a second day, but Ryan isn't ready to rule out Keller, whom he said is "getting better."

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